People who really like to ride know they’ll find some of the country’s best roads in the Black Hills, ones laced with iconic monuments and western ambience to spare.
THE NORTHERN HILLS
Deadwood South Dakota
Hwy 385 is a two-lane black top that carves through the Black Hills National Forest leading to the gold mining town of Deadwood.
With the look and feel of an authentic Wild West town, complete with casinos, saloons, and rustic storefronts, Deadwood offers good food and eclectic shopping.
Don’t miss the Saloon No. 10 where Wild Bill Hickok met his demise holding the dead man’s hand, aces and 8’s.
“Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American West, is murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Born in Illinois in 1837, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. A highly sensationalized account of the gunfight appeared six years later in the popular periodical Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, sparking Hickok’s rise to national fame. Other articles and books followed, and though his prowess was often exaggerated, Hickok did earn his reputation with a string of impressive gunfights.